Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. GPS News .

European Union countries in test of home-grown GPS system
by Staff Writers
Paris (UPI) Sep 3, 2013

disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Testing has begun on Europe's Galileo navigation satellites intended to offer highly accurate services to authorized users, officials said.

Transmitted on two frequency bands with enhanced protection, the Public Regulated Service (PRS) offers a highly accurate positioning and timing service to mostly governmental users, a release from the Paris headquarters of the European Space Agency reported Tuesday.

PRS access was initially planned for Galileo's Full Operational Capability phase by the end of the decade but was brought forward response to the strong interest of EU member states in the service, the ESA said.

The ESA has overseen the provision of several tools, including test receivers and other qualification equipment, for governments wishing to test the PRS system.

The ESA's technical center in the Netherlands provided training, demonstrations and sample data, the agency said.

"As a result, Belgium, France, Italy and the United Kingdom have now performed independent PRS acquisition and positioning tests," Miguel Manteiga Bautista, head of ESA's Galileo Security Office, said. "In parallel, ESA, through collaboration with Dutch and Italian authorities, is also conducting PRS fixed and mobile validation in several locations in the Netherlands and Italy."

The PRS tests have demonstrated a current autonomous positioning accuracy below 30 feet, an impressive result considering the small number of Galileo satellites in orbit -- just four so far -- and the limited ground infrastructure so far deployed, the ESA said.


Related Links
GPS Applications, Technology and Suppliers

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Satellite tracking of zebra migrations in Africa is conservation aid
Greenbelt, Md. (UPI) Aug 7, 2013
NASA says satellites can help track zebras migrating in the African nation of Botswana, one of the world's longest migrations of the striped creatures. Predicting when and where zebras will move has not been possible until now, researchers said, but with rain and vegetation data from satellites they can track when and where arid lands begin to green, and for the first time anticipate if ... read more

Chinese dairies seek French tie-ups to shore up image

Peking duck not all it's quacked up to be

Crop pests moving polewards through global warming

New Zealand wants answers on milk 'botulism botch-up'

How brain microcircuits integrate information from different senses

Scientists Find Asymmetry in Topological Insulators

Speed limit set for ultrafast electrical switch

NRL Researchers Discover Novel Material for Cooling of Electronic Devices

Aerospace firms expand supply, services networks in Poland

India inducts first three Boeing Globemasters

NASA Crashes Helicopter to Study Safety

EU ready to compromise over airline carbon tax: EU sources

US auto sales accelerate to best pace since 2007

Beijing addresses vehicle emissions

Head-up display for cars projects navigation app onto windshield

Chinese auto market to double by 2019: study

Shipping suffering low water levels on Great Lakes

Smithfield gets US security OK for Chinese takeover

BRICS urge careful US tapering as Putin hosts mini summit

Outside View: The trade deal that can't afford to be derailed

Argentina protests Uruguay pulp mill expansion

African desert plantations could help carbon capture

To protect Amazon, Colombia enlarges nature reserve

Brazil Amazon town takes a stand against deforestation

NASA's Landsat Revisits Old Flames in Fire Trends

NASA Data Reveals Mega-Canyon under Greenland Ice Sheet

Map carved onto surface of ostrich egg may be oldest showing New World

Thai villagers mistake Google worker for government snoop

Toxic nanoparticles might be entering human food supply

Plasma-treated nano filters help purify world water supply

Graphene nanoscrolls are formed by decoration of magnetic nanoparticles

New tests for determining health and environmental effects of nanomaterials

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement